6 Important Tips for Solo Travelers Visiting Uganda
Are you a first-time tourist planning to travel alone to the Pearl of Africa and in need of advice or tips of how to go by with your safari? Provided is the list of important tips for first-time solo travelers to Uganda;
1. Have confidence in yourself
Self confidence and belief that you are capable of doing more than you think is always important when undertaking a solo trip as a first-time traveler. Why is it important? You will be faced with some challenges which will need you to solve during the safari thus problem solving skills are very vital for any first-time tourist.
2. Plan in advance like booking for the first few nights of accommodation in the destination
Many tourists prefer traveling to a destination without making prior plans but it is always advised to book for the first few nights of accommodation to avoid wasting time figuring out how to get about within the new destination. To be on a safer side, you can book accommodation for the entire safari depending how long you will spend in a particular place because you may find less room for abrupt itinerary changes.
3. Get some safety essentials before the safari
Read some safety magazines or research on internet so as to get information regarding how to stay safe during Uganda safaris. Not only that, you may need to pack some safety essentials for your safari such as pickpocket-proof clothing with some hidden pockets thus you may need to carry a bag, carry a safety whistle or personal alarm to draw attention in case you are attacked and a combination lock for your backpack as well as backpack zippers among others.
4. Avoid being nervous
I know you will have a lot of what-if questions but there is no need to worry and be nervous during your solo-trip. Questions like what if I lose my luggage or even passport? What if I miss my flight or train? What if the accommodation facility I book is uncomfortable? Or what if I lose my money to theft? These are very common questions because such scenarios have happened to first-time solo travelers but that doesn’t mean you should be discouraged, forego or cancel the safari but rather look for solutions like contacting the local police or Embassies in the country.
5. Feel free to interact with the locals
Interacting with the local community members means you will be sharing with them, thus the locals will always help you where necessary. They will help you discover more about the destination especially about the best restaurants and other fascinating places within the destination but also take time to meditate in beautiful places and make new discoveries and not just stay in one place.
If you are someone that doesn’t know how to interact with the locals, you can actually meet them during walking tours, money exchanges, home stays and hostels among others.
6. Always take time to be alone
If it means sitting alone in the bar, it is fine because you will be able to meditate on the safari besides the fact that it makes you freely approachable.